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The electric house of the future was built in 1905

The electric house of the future was built in 1905

We have long debated whether one should cook, heat or make hot water with gas or electricity. I used to think that it was better to burn gas directly under food or water instead of burning coal far away to boil water to make electricity to boil water. But over …

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The House of the Future seems as far away as ever

The House of the Future seems as far away as ever

Homebuilders are making homes smarter but it’s all getting so complicated. According to Jacob Atalla of KB Home, “The best way to predict the future is to make it.” So he and others in the building industry often build model concept homes to test out ideas. Michele Lerner of the …

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Zero House is a big nothing

Zero House is a big nothing

A big nothing– No greenhouse gases, no toxic materials, no utility bills, no waste. Sitting next to the highway in the parking lot of the big EDIT exhibition in Toronto is the inauspicious Zero House, a little house with some very big ambitions: to generate zero greenhouse gases, have zero …

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